Marriott and Blue Nile Prepare Shareholders for Earnings Releases

Marriott International Inc. (NYSE:MAR) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 47 cents per share, a rise of 20.5% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 48 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 47 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 20.9% versus last year to $1.39.

Last quarter, the company topped estimates by 0 cents, coming in at profit of 29 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 27 cents. The company fell in line with estimates in the second quarter. On average, analysts predict $3.77 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 3.6% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $12.42 billion for the year, a rise of 6.2% from last year’s revenue of $11.69 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc (NYSE:HOT), Wyndham Worldwide Corp. (NYSE:WYN), Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H), Silverleaf Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVLF), Choice Hotels Intl., Inc. (NYSE:CHH), Gaylord Entertainment Co. (NYSE:GET), Bluegreen Corporation (NYSE:BXG), Red Lion Hotels Corp. (NYSE:RLH), and InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (NYSE:IHG).

Blue Nile, Inc. (NASDAQ:NILE) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for profit of 42 cents per share, a rise of 2.4% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 3.2% compared to last year’s 91 cents.

The company has missed estimates in the last two quarters. In the third quarter, it missed the mark by 5 cents as a result of reporting net income of 13 cents against an estimate of profit of 18 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company fell short of forecasts by 3 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 7.3% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $123.2 million.

Competitors to Watch: Zale Corporation (NYSE:ZLC), DGSE Companies, Inc. (AMEX:DGSE), Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF), Birks & Mayors Inc. (AMEX:BMJ), Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE:SIG), Whitehall Jewelers Hldgs. Inc. (WHJHQ), Elegant Illusions, Inc. (EILL), Finlay Enterprises, Inc. (FNLYQ), and USN Corporation (USNR).

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